Chatshow legend Jonathan Ross has said he is "beyond excited" after joining forces with the company behind Big Brother to make new television shows. The star, who quit the BBC earlier this year, reportedly signed a deal between Endemol UK and his own production company, Hotsauce TV today.
Netherland's based production company Endemol was made famous by Big Brother, however it's also behind some of the UK's biggest shows including BBC One's Total Wipeout, Channel 4's Deal Or No Deal and dramas including Wire In The Blood and Secret Diary Of A Call Girl.
Jonathan, who will continue to work on his ITV chat show due to start late next year, said: "I am beyond excited to be working with the biggest and best production company in the world."
Tim Hincks, chief executive officer at Endemol UK, said of the deal: "We are interested in exploring genuinely new relationships with talent. Why not work with someone of Jonathan's experience and creativity to get some blockbuster ideas off the ground?"
Jonathan first hit the headlines in the late 1980s when he hosted his chat show The Last Resort but his career hit the skids and another show, Saturday Zoo, flopped.
After rebuilding his career on radio and landing the prestigious job of presenting the BBC's Film programme, he launched his own Late Night chat show. However his career was marred by the row over prank phone calls made to actor Andrew Sachs which saw him suspended from the BBC for three months for his behaviour. In January this year announced he was leaving the corporation.